Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kaladin meets Syl

Another random picture from "The Way of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson. This moment takes place near the beginning of the book. Of couse the term beginning is relative because the book is HUGE! Nearly fifty hours in audio book format. So far I've loved it.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


This is another one of those random sketches that just got out of control. I think this is my favorite way to paint, just start and see where it takes me.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I-Pad = Cool and Useful

This is my first real sketch done on a borrowed I-Pad. Not great, but then it's not that bad either, for painting with my fingers. I'm pretty excited about the potential in its portability. It's a sketchpad on steroids.

Has anyone else tried sketching on an I-Pad, if so what have you liked and disliked and which apps have you liked the best?

I did this one with Brushes. Simple set of brushes and controls but it worked, and the playback of the painting process was really fun to watch--kind of like watching yourself perform.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Photoshop CS5

I've always been frustrated with how digital paint acts and looks. While Painter has natural media brushes I've never been happy with how they react; Painter has always been too slow and glitchy and the oil brushes make my images appear plastic like for some reason. So I've used mostly Photoshop for my digital art. But the problem there has been getting a wet into wet look. Everything was always too sharp or instead had that blurry digital feel when trying to blend, unless you worked really hard at it. Until now. Though it still takes some work, and still isn't perfect, Photoshop CS5 does make it much easier to get that traditional paint look.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


This started off as a random sketch and turned into a random painting.

Notice I even labeled it "random sketch" just to be absolutely certain that I didn't up and decide that it was a not random sketch, because...whoa, that would be very bad, somehow, I'm sure.

Much of the time I leave my random sketches alone to go work on the non-random ones, but the guy on the right clearly wanted to fight something. I decided that it was to be a scene that could take place in the Mistborn Trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson. And then I just kept on going to see where it went. The girl is Vin, the main character, and I'm not sure who the guy with the knife is. By the way, if you haven't by chance heard of the Mistborn books, you might want to give them a look. Excellent world building, and more importantly, excellent characters.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Web Comic

Here's a sneak peak of my upcoming web comic. Details forthcoming.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Adam Ford Rocks

I recently stumbled across an awesome coloring techinque tutorial on Adam Ford's blog. I more or less used the process he shows to color my sketch.

Adam's tutorial helped out enormously.

Check it out. Not only is the tutorial awesome, but I love his work. His color and design sense are considerable. I'm very glad that I ran across it. Wow. Did I mention you should check it out? Now! Quick!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Creature and Animal Anatomy Workshop from Anatomy Tools

This half shaved wolf was sculpted by yours truly with help from Mike Murnane, Andrew Cawrse, Damon Bard, Lenny Lee and a bit of advice from Carlos Huante who stopped in for six hours.

Yeah, count it, that's 5 amazing teachers for one workshop! Mike and Andrew were the full time teachers--not to mention very awesome(how many instructors can open up the Art of Star Wars Episode II to give examples of their work?) and the other three instructors were big time bonuses. All 5 are or have been in the movie industry working with creatures.

Anatomy Tools workshops rock! I learned so much about anatomy, design, sculpture, and character. Not to mention I got to meet a lot of very cool people who were learning along side of me. (Word to Derek, Daniel, and Will who were with me all the way--they did all five courses (I initially was going to do only level 2 and 3, but liked them so much I signed up for 4 and 5 as well. Glad I did.)

The workshops were put together very well. Andrew goes the extra mile time and time again, week after week. He must be dead to the world now after 5 weeks of intensity. Man, he's an animal.

Speaking of animals, I haven't taken a picture yet of my last sculpt I did for level 5 Character design. I will eventually. I think I might work on it a bit more before I do.

Anatomy Tools Workshop

Sculpt done by myself with help and tooling from the instructors Andrew Cawrse and Eric Wilson. Model: CaSon MacBride.

Digital Waterhouse Study

Thursday, March 25, 2010


For anyone in the St. George, Utah area, I'll be doing a signing for Eliza's Field of Faith this Saturday at the Seagull book by the Red Cliff Mall, from 12-2 p.m.. So come on down!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Anatomy Tools

For the last two weeks I've been at an Anatomy Tools workshop. Well more like an anatomy boot camp than a workshop. They worked us hard. It was awesome!The instructors were Andrew Cawrse and Eric Wilson. They were both great instructors. And I learned so much about muscles and bones.

I did this sculpture this week with Andrew's and Eric's help. Anatomy tools site is at

Friday, February 5, 2010

Color George Washington

I've been learning a lot more about how color works, within the past couple of weeks. This used to be the same sketch as below. I looked at a number of old paintings of George for a reference to get face structure and coloring of his skin.

Friday, January 29, 2010

George Washington

This started out as just testing out some new brushes I created, and led to the guy below, and today when refining it, I thought I'd try to make him look like George Washington.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Roman-esque Warrior

I haven't posted of late because I'm still working on the portrait. But today and yesterday I took a little break from the oils to let the portrait dry before I doing the final touches. So here is a sketch for you viewing pleasure.